Azar 21 1398 - December 12 2019
These photos show what it's really like in Iran, where - despite its antagonistic relationship with the US- life is surprisingly normal

Iran is frequently the subject of intense international news coverage, be it political tensions with the US over broken trade agreements, oil tanker crises, or recent nationwide protests. What we don't often see is how ordinary people live in the Islamic Republic. People go to work, socialize, and generally live a pretty normal existence. Here's a look into everyday life in the country, based on my own personal experiences. -Sahar Esfandiari, Business Insider 12/4/19

'The Other Apartment' Offers a Portal Between the U.S. and Iran

What if you could be transported into another person's lived experience just by visiting their home? Two artists -one in Pittsburgh, one in Tehran- are putting this idea to the test with The Other Apartment, an ambitious installation that uses the intimacy of one person's home to bridge the vast geographic, cultural, and political divides between the United States and Iran. -Laura Feinstein, Citylab 12/2/19

Inside Iran's Underground Fashion Industry

Tehran-based fashion designers Shirin and Shiva Vaqar joined Hoda Katebi, an Iranian-American activist who founded America's first apparel manufacturing co-op run by refugee women. They discussed the fashion industry in Iran, a country that has long been isolated from the Western world. -BOF 11/22/19

Iranian taxi driver returns 70,000 Euros left in his cab to Polish couple

A Polish couple who had left a bag containing 70,000 euros in cash in a taxi in Tehran have been reunited with their money thanks to the honest driver, Borna news agency reported on Tuesday. Ali Hassan Zafari, the driver, handed the bag to the Polish embassy in Tehran on November 3, after he realized it had been left behind. 11/14/19

An Entity Offering Services For Polygamy Operates In Iran

Come and enjoy our free training workshops for polygamy, a controversial Persian ad on Instagram invites users in Iran to try the service. The ad shows a "happily smiling family"; a man, his four "cheerful" wives, and their three joyful children, waving flags of the Islamic Republic of Iran. -Radio Farda 11/11/19

Marriages Decrease, Divorces Increase At Alarming Rate In Iran

The rate of marriages in Iran dropped by nine percent in the 2018 compared with the previous year, an official at the National Organization for Civil Registration (NOCR), Alireza Sajedi, says. "NOCR registered 550,565 marriages in (the Iranian year) 1397 across Iran, which shows a nearly 9% drop, compared with 1396," Sajedi asserted, adding that the rate of marriage in the country started to drop in the late 2000s, and continued to shrink. -Radio Farda 11/7/19

Renowned Persian Poet Mazaher Mosaffa Dies At 87

Persian poet Mazaher Mosaffa, mostly famous for his odes, died of natural causes at his home in Tehran on Thursday October 31, 2019. He was 87. Mosaffa is considered as one of the few most outstanding ode composers in contemporary Persian literature. 11/5/19

Germany to celebrate 200th anniversary of Goethe's "West-East Divan" in Shiraz

Germany will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's "West-East Divan" during a festival in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz, home to the mausoleum of Persian poet Hafez who influenced Goethe's collection. 10/31/19

Iranian virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor receives prestigious WOMEX Artist Award

Internationally-acclaimed Iranian virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor has won the WOMEX 19 Artist Award for "bringing the Persian classical music tradition to the ears of people all over the world." Kalhor received the prestigious award on Sunday at the 25th jubilee edition of the World Music Expo (WOMEX) in Tampere, Finland. 10/28/19

Iran population grows to 83.75 million: Statistical Center

Iranian government's main statistics agency has released updated demographic data for the country, saying the population grew by around 4.7 percent since the last census was carried three years ago to top 83.75 million in September 2019. 10/25/19

Photos: The Epic Of Arbaeen in Karbala

Huge processions have been held in the Iraqi holy city of Karbala as millions of mourners commemorated Arbaeen, the 40th day after the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein, the third Shia Imam, in the Battle of Karbala (in the year 61 AD). Photos showed tens of thousands of pilgrims descending upon the shrine of Imam Hussein in Karbala as Araba'een culminated on Saturday. 10/20/19

Recipient of 12th Bita Prize for Persian Arts: Kayhan Kalhor

Kayhan Kalhor, born in Tehran, began his musical studies at the age of seven under Master Ahmad Mohajer. A child prodigy on the kamancheh (spiked fiddle), he was invited at the age of 13 to work in the Iranian National Radio and Television Orchestra, where he performed for five years. At 17, Kayhan began working with the Shayda Ensemble of the Chavosh Cultural Center, the most prestigious arts organization at the time in Iran. 10/8/19

Genome study shows that Iran's population is more heterogeneous than previously believed

An international research team including scientists from the University of Cologne, Germany, numerous Iranian universities and the University of Sydney, Australia, has shown that today's Iranian population is composed of partially highly heterogeneous ethnic groups, exhibiting a high degree of genetic variation. In many cases, their source goes back many thousands of years. The results, obtained from the first genome-wide genetic characterization of the Iranian population by this team, appeared in PLOS Genetics under the title 'Distinct genetic variation and heterogeneity of the Iranian population'. 9/25/19

Thousands Of Children Forced To Work, Beg In The Streets In Iran

Beggars in the Iranian capital city Tehran earn more than $350,000 a month, says the deputy of the Islamic Republic's Welfare Organization, Mohammad Reza Fazelinejad. Speaking to the state-run Iran Students News Agency (ISNA), Fazelinejad said on Sunday, September 1, "By direct handouts to street urchins, child workers, and beggars, citizens of Tehran increase the number of vagrants, while their payments ultimately are taken away from the paupers." -Radio Farda 9/3/19

26 million Iranians do not use internet: Statistical Center of Iran

Some 26 million Iranians of six years old and above do not use internet, the Statistical Center of Iran and Information Technology Organization of Iran announced in a joint report, Mehr reported on Tuesday. Of the figure, 11.864 million are men and the rest are women, according to the report. 8/23/19

Iran's Father of Nature Gholam-Ali Beski Passes Away

Gholam-Ali Beski, physician and environmentalist who dedicated a lifetime protecting the environment and promoting public awareness on climate change, passed away on Wednesday, leaving the nature to the people hoping for tougher measures to preserve the remaining natural resources. 8/22/19

Iran's low birth rate unprecedented over past three decades

Iran's birth rate has been declining since last year up to now, which was unprecedented over the past three decades, head of committee on population studies affiliated to the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution has stated. The number of births registered during the first three months of this year (starting on March 19), has declined by 13 percent compared to same period last year, he regretted. -Tehran Times 8/8/19

Asghar Ghandchi, father of Iran's heavy trucks industry, dies at 91

Asghar Ghandchi was one of the first entrepreneurs that started to revolutionise Iran's industrial sector by assembling and manufacturing big lorries, later Mack Trucks, that were built to suit the Iranian climate and bad roads in the 70s. -Iran Chamber of Commerce 8/1/19

Clean water provided to 30 Iranian villages each week: Energy Minister

Iran's minister of energy has said that providing clean and safe water to rural households across the country has gained momentum as more and more villages are supplied with the utility each week. Reza Ardakanian said on Tuesday that a population of 6,700,000 villagers across Iran had already been provided with piped water. 7/25/19

Armenians to reunite at St. Thaddeus Monastery in Iran

Hundreds of Christian worshipers are getting prepared to head for St. Thaddeus Monastery in northwestern Iran to observe a religious ceremony passed down from generation to generation. For the 65th consecutive year, pilgrims from Iran, Armenia, Syria, Lebanon, the Netherlands, France, Austria, Germany, Canada and some other countries get together, this year from July 25 to 27, to observe a ceremony called Badarak in one of the world's oldest monasteries. 7/5/19

Meet the illustrator of The Phoenix of Persia!

We interviewed Amin Hassanzadeh Sharif, illustrator of the gorgeous new picture book The Phoenix of Persia! Find out what he had to say! -Tiny Owl 6/1/19

Six million Iranians hold organ donation cards

Six million Iranians hold organ donation cards, said Ali Nobakht, member of the health committee of the parliament (Majlis), adding although the number has increased over the past years, but there is still more work to be done. Thanks to infrastructure provided, today 70 percent of Iranians can register for organ donation cards, he added, ISNA reported on Monday. He made the remarks during an event held on the occasion of the National Day of Organ Donation, which was celebrated on May 20 at the Shahid Beheshti University. 5/21/19

Is this the last of the Aryans?

Deep in India's Ladakh region live the Aryans, perhaps the last generation of pure-blooded people and holders of possibly the only untampered gene pool left in the world. -Dave Stamboulis, BBC 5/3/19

Winners Of 2019 Fajr International Film Festival Announced

The Fajr International Film Festival announced the full lineup of winners at Tehran's Vahdat Hall for their 37th year of celebrating independent, art house, alternate, fiction, documentary and animation films from across the globe. Iranian and international officials, dignitaries, filmmakers and guests attended the closing ceremony on Thursday, April 25. 4/26/19

Distinguished Iranian Artist Monir Farmanfarmaian Passes Away

Iranian artist Monir Farmanfarmaian has passed away at the age of 97, according to ISNA news agency. A versatile artist Monir participated in the Iran Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 1958, 1964, and 1966. She also had solo exhibitions in New York and Paris during her distinguished​ career. -Radio Farda 4/22/19

Iran Celebrates National Day Of Poet Sadi

Persian literature aficionados and literati from across Iran came together at the mausoleum of Persian poet Sadi in Shiraz on Sunday to celebrate Sadi National Day. Sheikh Muslih od-Din Sadi Shirazi (Born 1184 CE, Died 1283/1291 CE) was one of the major Persian poets of the medieval period. He is not only famous in Persian-speaking countries, but he has also been quoted in western sources. 4/22/19

Iranian sculptor Masoud Akhavanjam presents two new sculptures in the Giardini Marinaressa alongside 2019 Venice Biennale

Iranian sculptor Masoud Akhavanjam will exhibit two large scale, stainless steel sculptures, as part of the GAA Foundation's PERSONAL STRUCTURES - open borders exhibition, in the context of the 2019 Venice Biennale. The sculptures, Dilemma of Man and Metamorphosis will be exhibited publicly in Venice's waterfront park, Giardini Marinaressa from 5 May to 29 November 2019. Akhavanjam's industrial yet delicate forms draw on philosophy, contemporary socio-political issues and Persian mythology, so that within each work a didactic tale is contained. Both works contain three visible figures, melded seemingly effortlessly into each other. 4/20/19

Star Streets: Tehran to name places after contemporary artists

Tehran City Council wants to name the Iranian capital's streets after the contemporary artists who have won the hearts and minds of their nation. The city councilors approved a proposal on Tuesday to name a street in the western Shahark-e Gharb neighbourhood, home to well-off residents, after Iran's critically-acclaimed classical singer Mohammad Reza Shajarian in a bid to pay tribute to this living internationally-famous singer. 4/16/19

350 volunteer groups offering services in flood-affected areas of Iran

More than 350 volunteer groups of people are providing services to the provinces haunted by flood across the country, deputy director for social affairs organization affiliated to the Ministry of Interior has said. Many NGOs and volunteer organizations made great efforts to help flood victims in Mazandaran, Golestan and Lorestan provinces, IRNA quoted Kamal Akbari as saying on Wednesday. -Tehran Times 4/12/19

110,000 housing units destroyed in 3 flood-affected provinces of Iran

Recent severe flooding damaged 110,000 houses in provinces of Lorestan, Golestan and Mazandaran, ISNA reported on Wednesday. Following heavy rainfalls in the country particularly in provinces of Golestan, Mazandaran, Lorestan, and Khuzestan as well as other provinces in western, southwestern, and northeastern Iran severe flood struck many cities and villages. 4/11/19

Renowned Iranian actor Jamshid Mashayekhi, star of "Kamalolmolk", dies at 85

Jamshid Mashayekhi, one of the "top five actors of Iranian cinema" who starred in such acclaimed movies as "Kamalolmolk" and "Chrysanthemum", died at Tehran's Erfan Hospital on Tuesday. He was 85. "Our father rests in perfect peace," his children Nader, Naghmeh and Sam wrote in a post published on Mashayekhi's Instagram. 4/3/19

PHOTOS: Candlelight Vigil In Shiraz For Iran Flood Victims

People lit candles in Darvazeh-ye Quran neighbourhood in Shiraz, the capital of southwestern province of Fars, on Friday night to remember victims of this week's flooding, which claimed dozens of lives there and in other areas across Iran. -Amin Brenjkar, Mehr 4/1/19

PHOTOS: Colorful and Festive Norooz Celebration in Kurdish Village of Niar

The arrival of spring coincides with the beginning of the Persian New Year Norooz. This is a festive occasion for Iranians and many other countries in the region. People in different parts of Iran celebrate Norooz with their local customs and traditions. Some of the most joyful and colorful celebrations are held in villages of Kurdestan province in western Iran. These photos show Norooz celebration in the village of Niar. -Seyed Mosleh Pirkhezranian 3/24/19

International Norooz Day celebrated in Geneva

The International Norooz Day, marking the Persian New Year and arrival of spring, was celebrated in the Swiss city of Geneva on March 21, hosted by Iran and ten other countries. The ceremony was held at the World Intellectual Property Organization building in Geneva on March 21, marking the beginning of the Persian New Year and arrival of spring. 3/22/19

PHOTOS: Iranians celebrate Persian New Year Norooz at Tomb of Poet Hafez

Iranians gathered at the Tomb of Hafez in Shiraz, Fars province, last night to celebrate Persian New Year, Norooz. The vernal equinox which took place at 1:28 AM local time marked the start of spring and Norooz holidays in Iran. Shiraz is known as the City of Poets, Literature, Wine and Flowers. -Mohammad Ali Haqshenas 3/21/19

What remains of Chaharshanbeh Suri, eve of last Wednesday before Norooz

'Chaharshanbeh Suri', observed on the eve of the last Wednesday before the Iranian New Year (Norooz), is a 'festival of fire' from ancient times, which is now barely recognizable from its original from in the hustle and bustle of metropolis Tehran. -Marjohn Sheikhi 3/19/19

PHOTOS: Amol adorned with giant colored eggs ahead of Persian New Year Norooz

Iranian citities are abuzz with excitement in the countdown to the Persian New Year, Norooz which coincides with beginning of spring. Norooz is a festive occasion for Iranians and other countries in the region. To mark the new year, visual artists have decorated some of Iranian cities with large colored eggs. These photos show artists in the city of Amol painting their eggs with various new year themes. -Majid Nikjou 3/18/19

PHOTOS: Norooz Khani Persian New Year Ritual In Kordkouy, Northern Iran

Persian New Year Norooz is around the corner. This is a festive occasion for Iranians and many other countries in the region. There are many local cheerful customs associated with Norooz. One such custom is called "Norooz Khani" which is performed in some of the villages and towns. -Marjohn Sheikhi 3/15/19

Photos: Tabriz Grand Bazaar Busy With Norooz Shopping

Iranian citities are abuzz with excitement in the countdown to the Persian New Year, Norooz which this year coincides with Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 01:28:27 AM Tehran time. These photos show the historic Grand Bazaar of Tabriz, in northwestern Iran, busy with people doing their Norooz shopping. Tabriz Grand Bazaar is one of the greatest indoor markets in Iran and Asia. -Morteza Rahmani 3/15/19

Norooz Spring Festival kicks off Persian New Year celebrations

People gathered in Union Square Saturday, March 9, 2019 to commence Persian New Year Celebrations. Norooz (also spelled Nowruz) takes place on March 21 this year, however traditional activities happen for the weeks before and after the actual date. This event was hosted by Norooz Outreach and is the first event in what they anticipate will be an annual recurrence. -SF Examnanier 3/11/19

Food of Persia on The Splendid Table

- The Splendid Table, a podcast and radio broadcast program with host Francis Lam, will be celebrating the food of Persia ahead of Norooz, the Persian New Year. The episode will air on Friday, March 8 from local public radio stations and will be posted on The Splendid Table website. Several guests are scheduled to appear on the show whom Francis will be talking to including Samin Nosrat, Naz Deravian, Najmieh Batmanglij and Behzad Jamshidi. 3/7/19

Photos: Samanoo Festival in Daraq, Iran

Samanoo festival, a joyous occasion where people cook Samanoo - a traditional Iranian sweet paste made entirely from mashed germinated wheat - was celebrated in Daraq, North Khorasan Province, on Thursday March 28, 2019. Some 60 participants took part in the festival. Samanoo, prepared in advance of arrival of Persian New Year Norooz, is one of the components of the Haftsin spread for Norooz. -Maryam Davarnia, Mehr 3/6/19

Iran's Judiciary Calls A Fashion Show Immoral, Taking Action Against Organizers

A hosting and catering center near Tehran, Iran has been shut down by judicial officials for hosting a fashion show March 1, after a video of the event was published on social media. The news website of Iran's conservative Judiciary reported on March 3 that authorities "will deal seriously with those responsible for this immoral event". -Radio Farda 3/3/19

First Ever Persian New Year Party in the Florida Capitol

Every year, millions celebrate Persian New Year, or Norooz. This year for the first time ever, we are bringing the Persian New Year to the Florida Capitol! Join us we share Persian food, music, and dance to all of Florida! -Hosted by Office of Representative Anna V. Eskamani 3/1/19

Envoys, Cultural Figures To Mark Persian New Year Norooz In Tehran

Tehran's Milad Tower will host an international ceremony in honor of Persian New Year or Norooz on February 28. Ambassadors, diplomats and cultural figures of various countries have been invited for the event, Mehr reported on Monday. 2/28/19

Iranian Cities of Andimeshk and Dezful clash over border issue

Reports from Iran say that Monday evening and on Tuesday there were clashes and tensions between residents of the southeastern city of Dezful and the neighboring town Andimeshk over a new sign showing the borders of the two townships. -Radio Farda 2/20/19

Doostan Charity's Norooz party 2019: Saturday, March 9th in London

Doostan Norooz party 2019 is the annual Doostan fund-raising events and a chance to thank our generous community for their continued support and donations by celebrating the start of the Persian New Year together and as a family of friends in this magnificent Dinner & Dance event. 2/19/19

Norooz, Persian New Year, added to Vancouver calendar of events

Vancouver has added Norooz, the Persian new year festivity, to its official celebrations and observations calendar. Vancouver City Council has put the event on the calendar of the Canadian metropolis to recognize an intangible heritage of Iranians and other immigrants who celebrate the first day of the spring and the renewal of nature, IRNA reported on Saturday. 2/5/19

Norooz Spring Festival in San Francisco: March 9, 2019 at Union Square

Norooz Outreach and Diaspora Arts Connection proudly present the inaugural all-day "Norooz Spring Festival," celebrating the arrival of Spring on Saturday, March 9, 2019. Share the Norooz spirit by bringing your non-Persian friends and join us for a day of celebrations and festivities, including food, live-music, dance, Persian calligraphy and miniatures, activities for children, and other demonstrations of the symbols of Norooz. 1/28/19

PHOTOS: Celebrating Birth of Jesus Christ at Saint Mary Church of Tabriz

The anniversary of the Jesus Christ's birthday was celebrated in a ceremony attended by Iranian Christians on Sunday in Saint Mary Church of Tabriz. Saint Mary Church, Holy Mother of God Church or Surp Mariam Asdvadzadzin Church is an Armenian Apostolic church in Tabriz, East Azerbaijan Province, Iran completed in 1785. -Mina Noei, Mehr 1/7/19

CLOSING THE CIRCLE OF LOVE FOR MUSIC: Inspiring Story of An Iranian Son, Unveiling the Voice of Mother

I went to see the first performance of 'Maman Shamsi Love Songs', a musical performance by Ziba Shirazi, Mehrdad Arabi, an internationally acclaimed master of Persian music, and faculty of ethnomusicology department at UCLA and Hamed Poursaee, a composer and classical guitarist in Los Angeles. While I knew my good friend and well-loved artist of the City of Angels Iranian community, Ziba Shirazi, would be the main singer in the musical, I did not know what to expect. -Elahe Amani 1/3/19

Giant puppets celebrate International Storytelling Festival in Tehran

Giant puppets perform during a parade organized in downtown Tehran on December 17, 2018 to celebrate the opening of the 21st International Storytelling Festival. Fifteen storytellers, including Oliver Villanove from France, Flor Carnales Bastidas from Spain and Seyda Cevik from Turkey, are participating in the event annually organized by the Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults. 12/20/18

Yalda Night: A golden opportunity to come together

For Iranian families and friends, Shab-e Yalda (Yalda Night), has long been a treasured time to come together and celebrate in honor of the longest night of the year! On that graceful night, the winter chill is vanquished and the warmth of love embraces the entire family. Hearts move closer to one another in the company of loved ones on Yalda. -Afshin Majlesi, Tehran Times 12/19/18

PHOTOS: The 6th Biennale of Urban Sculptures Exhibition in Tehran

The sixth Biennale of Urban Sculptures Exhibition is underway at Saba Cultural and Art Institute in the Iranian capital Tehran until 26 December. -Mehran Riazi, Mehr 12/13/18

PHOTOS: 1st Festival of Iranian Fashion Kickstarts in Tehran

Aseman Art and Culture Center was the venue for the opening ceremony of the first Festival of Iranian Fashion (CIPAL) in Tehran. Artists and fans attended the event on Friday. -Honar Online 12/11/18

Iranian director stages puppet show to satisfy children's curiosity about baby making

Director Mohammad Aqebati is staging a puppet show at Tehran's Honar Hall to placate children's natural curiosity about the mystery of baby making. Speaking to the Persian service of MNA, Aqebati said that he has consulted the Rah Society, a non-governmental organization providing safe sex education, to stage the play "Where Do We Come From?". -Tehran Times 12/10/18

Iranian satirist Abolfazl Zarui, known as modern Zakani, dies at 49

Abolfazl Zarui Nasrabad, an Iranian satirist who became known as the modern Obayd Zakani due to the close similarity of his satires to those created by the renowned 14th-century poet, has passed away. He was 49. -Tehran Times 12/3/18

Millions Of Shi'ite Pilgrims Stream Toward Karbala, Iraq For Arbaeen Festival

Millions of Shi'ite Muslims from around the world are making their way this week to their sect's holy shrines in the Iraqi city of Karbala in an annual holy festival known as Arbaeen or Ziara. The shrines commemorate two revered Shi'ite imams -- Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, and his half-brother Abbas -- and the event, which draws 10 million to 20 million pilgrims each year, will reach its peak on October 30. -RFE/RL 10/30/18

Iran's fascinating way to tell fortunes

The tradition of fal-e Hafez (which roughly translates to 'divination via Hafez') has been practised in Iran - and elsewhere in the Persian-speaking world, such as Afghanistan - for centuries. The tradition involves consulting the poet Hafez - known as Lesan ol Gheyb ('Tongue of the Unseen') - for questions about the future, as well as guidance regarding difficult decisions and dilemmas. -Joobin Bekhrad, BBC 10/24/18

Afghan refugee Forozan Faghiri: She defied odds to become an accomplished physicist in Iran

Forozan Faghiri, born in Kabul and raised in Tehran, has overcome insurmountable odds to carve a niche for herself. A young scientist and physicist, Faghiri did not allow her refugee status and difficult living conditions come in the way of her dreams. At 30, she has hit headlines in both Iran and Afghanistan for her accomplishments. 10/16/18

2019 Nowruz Banner Contest Call for Submissions

Farhang Foundation is calling on aspiring and established graphic artists to submit original designs that conceptualize Nowruz (the Iranian New Year) commemorating Farhang's 11th annual celebration of Nowruz in Los Angeles. 9/14/18

PHOTOS: Drought in Iran's North Khorasan province

According to Iran's Meteorological Organization, 98.1 percent of the country suffers from varying degrees of drought. The following photos show drought in North Khorasan province in northeastern Iran. -Vahid Abdi, Mehr 9/13/18

Iranian Media Warned Not To Report On Iraqi Sex Tourism

The head of the Islamic Republic's judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani, has warned Iranian media not to cover sex tourism unless they want to face prosecution. The warning was issued September 10 amid increasing reports of Iraqi Shi'ite pilgrims to the holy city of Mashhad hiring sex workers during their stay. Some reports allege sex tourism has become a bigger draw for Iraqis to the holy Shi'ite city than the religious sites. 9/12/18

Professor Ehsan Yarshater, founder of Encyclopedia Iranica: April 3, 1920 - September 2, 2018

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Professor Ehsan Yarshater on September 2, 2018 in Fresno, California. Endowed with a rare combination of a bold and broad scholarly vision, immense erudition, and unfailing determination, Professor Ehsan Yarshater transformed Iranian studies, creating an enduring legacy at Columbia University which advanced the scholarship and understanding of the histories, cultures and accomplishments of Iranian peoples. 9/4/18

Persian Food Tours: Women's culinary, an attempt for entrepreneurship

The idea came up from a road trip Matin took with a group of Spaniards around Iran. "It was then that I realized how limited we are in our choice of food in restaurants and how the menus kept repeating the same few dishes over and over again. "Most of the people on that tour came to the conclusion that Iranian cuisine has little to offer with not much variety. I obviously knew that it wasn't true but proving it would only be possible if we were to get invited to an Iranian home." said Matin Lashkari, the co-founder of persianfoodtours.com in an interview with the Tehran Times. 8/28/18

The Book of Kings: The book that defines Iranians

Completed by Abolqasem Ferdowsi in the early 11th Century, the Shahnameh (Book of Kings) is not only a literary masterpiece, but also a book that has for centuries helped define Iran and the Iranian peoples, as well as safeguard the existence of the Persian language. -Joobin Bekhrad, BBC 8/17/18

In The Haute Seat: Glimpse Into Lifestyles Of Iran's Elite Kids Spurs Anger

A glimpse into the conspicuous "luxury" of the wedding of an Iranian ambassador's son has rekindled public criticism of the high times enjoyed by children of Iran's elite while many of the country's 82 million people face acute economic pressure. The atmosphere was already fraught before the recent emergence of the wedding of Amir Mohsen Moradian, the son of Tehran's ambassador to Denmark, and Anashid Hosseini, an Iranian fashion model and designer -- reportedly in the summer of 2017 at a salon advertised as one of the capital's "most luxurious and beautiful" venues, in the upscale Shahrak Gharb neighborhood. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE 8/2/18

Homelessness On The Rise In Iran As Economic Pressures Draw Jobseekers To Cities

The latest official statistics show that 19 million Iranian homeless live in slums on the outskirts of major cities. The figure comes from a recent report released by the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development. Ministry head Abbas Akhoundi has cited the figure of 19 million urban homeless in the past, a number that represents nearly 24 percent of the country's population. 7/27/18

Iran Prevents Public Commemoration At Grave Of Celebrated Poet Ahmad Shamlou

Iranian security forces have prevented devotees of fans of late poet Ahmad Shamlou, who pushed for greater freedoms and had some of his work banned under successive governments, from marking the 18th anniversary of his death. 7/25/18

Bust of Bibi Maryam Bakhtiari unveiled at NLAI: A woman commander in Iran's Constitutional Revolution

A bust of Bibi Maryam Bakhtiari, a Lorish revolutionary and activist of the Constitutional Revolution, was set at the National Library and Archives of Iran (NLAI) on Tuesday evening. As a military commander, Bibi Maryam played a distinguished role when Bakhtiari tribal forces, with the help of modern arms from the German Empire, successfully captured Tehran in 1909 as part of the revolutionary campaign to force the central government to establish democratic reforms. 7/13/18

It's Raining Iranian Men, Hallelujah

The World Cup ended for the Iranian national team last week but not before the rest of the world took note of its physical prowess off the field. Images of the team went viral after a suggestive tweet, followed by a breathless report in a British tabloid. Major media outlets picked up the pictures of the well-groomed men and their tailored suits, and Buzzfeed ran a roll call of the squad's most prepossessing members. -Shervin Malekzadeh 7/6/18

Salinity Of City Water Leads To Protests In Abadan

Hundreds of residents in Abadan, a oil refining city in southwest Iran, have once again held a protest on Saturday, June 23, in front of the Governor's office to protest lack of drinkable and usable water. Protesters carried banners that read, "Potable water is our absolute right", sarcastically reminding the now obsolete slogan, "Nuclear energy is our absolute right", coined during Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's presidency. 6/24/18

Iranian Fans Celebrate Dramatic Late Victory Over Morocco In World Cup Opener

Iran has scored a dramatic victory over Morocco at the World Cup in Russia, spurring thousands of fans back home to pour onto the streets to celebrate the second-ever victory for the country in soccer's centerpiece event. 6/16/18

Innovating In Iran: Afghan Immigrant Wins Praise In Tehran, But 'Home' Still Beckons

Foruzan Faghiri was 3 years old when her family fled war in Afghanistan for neighboring Iran. The Faghiris found shelter and education while at the same time coping with the discrimination and restrictions that Afghan refugees routinely face in Iran. Yet Faghiri persevered, becoming a conspicuous success among Afghan immigrants to Iran. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL 6/13/18

Sexual misconduct in school gives rise to #MeToo among Iranians: Good or Bad?

Following a schoolmaster's sexual misconduct at a private school in western Tehran some Iranians started using the #MeToo on twitter since Wednesday evening, sharing their experiences of harassment and assault. On May 27, some 40 parents filed a complaint against a schoolmaster who has allegedly displayed some sexually harassing behaviors at a private school in district two of Tehran. The schoolmaster was soon detained and the school is shut down, maybe for good. 6/3/18

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